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Could you telecommute?

If you're sick and tired of the daily commute and you would like to achieve a better work/life balance, it may be time to consider work from home jobs. But rather than quit your existing job in these difficult financial times, why not consider whether you can telecommute in your current job?

Is telecommuting a realistic option?

Of course, not everyone can telecommute to their jobs - it all depends on your job role and duties. Before you consider pursuing a telecommuting option, it's important to decide whether telecommuting could be a realistic option. Could you continue to perform your existing job to the same standard, with perhaps just a few modifications? If so, it's worth pursuing your options.

Is there already a telecommuting scheme in existence?

An increasing number of companies across the UK are setting up telecommuting schemes for their employees. Telecommuting is no longer being seen as solely an employee benefit - the employer stands to gain a lot from the arrangement as well. Check with your HR department if you are unsure.

Prepare your proposal

If there isn't a telecommuting scheme in existence, you'll need to prepare a convincing proposal to make the case for telecommuting. The proposal should include a breakdown of all your responsibilities and a description of how you would continue to perform them from home. It should also address practical concerns, like where you will work, what machinery you will need (and who will provide it), how you will attend meetings and who will be responsible for your expenses.

Sweeten the deal

It's likely that your manager will be reluctant to let you telecommute, especially if there is no existing scheme in place. You should therefore emphasise the benefits of telecommuting for the company (such as money saving, increased productivity etc.). Offering a trial period of a couple of months could also help to convince them.

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